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race report w/e 12th September

The Great North Run is the biggest half-marathon in the world, with 57 000 runners taking part in this year’s 40th anniversary celebration. I presume the race is called ‘great’ because it refers to the wider geographic area of the north of England, rather than ‘great’ as in ‘super, smashing, great’, but either way it is an extraordinary event, and one for any serious runner’s bucket list.’ The weather in the North East was unseasonably hot, with the temperature rising close to 15 degrees, but that was no problem for TRC’s intrepid trio who had spent the summer acclimatising in the tropical South West.

Melanie Wilson was the first Thornbury runner to finish in a time of 1hr 44 mins. She was in 76th position overall in her age-group, which is a wonderful achievement in a race of such magnitude. Hugh McPherson and Chris Foley were barely ten minutes behind Mel, yet four and a half thousand runners crossed the line during that time – another indication of the scale of the event. Chris and Hugh compete in highly exclusive age categories, and once again achieved remarkable results: Chris an amazing 9th overall, and Hugh in 49th. They ran together and finished well inside the 2 hour mark.

There isn’t much to report from this week’s parkruns. Lots of club members are preparing for the Bristol Half, and of course the London Marathon. In a limited roster of results, the highlight has to be Laura Orna, who was first woman at Thornbury, in 22:10. Claire Watt was second woman, and her age-graded score was a fraction below 78%, which on that course is seriously fast. Ashleigh Ferris was in the top 5 at Haverford West, running 24:55, while Ian Hoffman ran 21:44 and was 8th overall in the Llyn Llech Owain parkrun: (translated from the Welsh it means ‘Lynne likes Owen’, presumably a reference to the burgeoning romance between the race directors).

DRAGONS AND WOODLAND PATHS – RACE REPORT W/E 29TH AUGUST.

TRC’s proud tradition of ultra running was boosted further on Saturday when the indomitable pairing of Natalie Bennett and Ros Rowland completed the 30 mile ‘Conquest of Avalon’ – a gruelling, if scenic, run from Castle Cary to Glastonbury, featuring an ascent and descent of the famous Tor. Ros posted a picture of a really rather snazzy medal on the Facebook group, which rather added to the Minecraft vibe. It is not clear if our intrepid duo collected diamonds and swords along with their gels and water at the feed-stations, or if they had to defeat the Ender Dragon in the final mile, but their results were highly impressive. Ros was first woman home, closely followed by Natalie in second. Huge congratulations to them both.

There aren’t many dragons on the streets of Cheltenham early on a Sunday morning (insert own joke here) so Hannah Hamilton got to enjoy near-perfect conditions as she raced round the half-marathon course. She capitalised in spectacular style by running a fantastic 1hr 35 min, near-PB. Her split times were metronomic, which is testimony to her growing levels of endurance, and bodes well for her upcoming marathon attempt.

Sunday saw the latest round of the Pete Mainstone challenge: an arduous 8m race through woodland paths at Woodchester Park. Paul Thomas was the first TRC runner across the line with a super effort of just over the hour and an improvement of 2 minutes on his last race here. Lizzie Williams followed in an excellent time of 1hr 7mins and 54 secs. She was also first in her age category. Nick Langridge was only 30 seconds behind Lizzie. Chris Foley was the run-away winner in the MV70 category, although he was gracious enough to point out to me that there were only two entrants!

There was a late change of venue for the TRC ‘park run of the month’. Sadly Berkeley Green parkrun was cancelled, so fans of the pan-flat, super-fast, tarc-mac course, (plus any overflow car-park enthusiasts) were disappointed. So club members went to Pomphrey Hill instead. The overall times and performances were very good indeed, especially for those who had not previously experienced the delights of ‘Up Pomphrey’ – the deceptively steep incline the organisers have slipped into the race route. Ben Bohane finally remembered his bar-code (!) and recorded a stunning 19:14. Paul Saville ran a fine 21:38; Roger Glew a new PB in 24:49; Chris Pritchard and Tom Witherbed must have run together and both ran 28:33, but I far prefer the image of an eyeballs out duel and them separated by whoever’s TRC vest is the least threadbare. Emma Pritchard was well inside 30 mins in 29:15, and Mel Lloyd in 31:55.

Other parkrun highlights included Mark West’s excellent 20:47 to finish in 11th place in the popular Tamar Trails parkrun. Andrew Darton was 7th at Mallards Pike (which is getting lots of rave reviews as a great race to try out) in 21:05. Finally, Nick Williams continued TRC’s run of successes at Thornbury: first finisher in 17:53. Very well done, Nick. Bet he made it look effortless too!

Good Evans, that was quick! Race report w/e 29th August.

Round four of the Pete Mainstone challenge took place on a motorway. All be it one closed to traffic and with stunning views across the estuary. The Severn Bridge 10k – (a race ‘between the sea and the sky’ as the organisers put it) – is fast becoming a fixture in the local racing calendar.

However before focusing on the 10k results, special mention has to go to George Evans, running in the half-marathon event on the same day which attracted over 400 runners. Despite having to cover, twice, the full distance of the bridge, with its deceptively steep slopes, George finished in an incredible 20th place overall in a time of 1hr 23 mins and 8 seconds. That is an average pace of 6 mins and 20 seconds.

Bear in mind that, notwithstanding his lithe and supple physique, George is (redacted) years of age! His amazing time is therefore the 53rd fastest half marathon recorded across the whole of the United Kingdom in his (redacted) age category. When you consider that the Severn Bridge is no-one’s idea of a PB course, it puts George’s achievement into even greater perspective. Look out London, when he makes his debut in the marathon in October!

The conditions on Saturday were probably as good as they get for running on the Severn Bridge. The wind was light, and coming across the bridge, rather than straight down from the west to east. I have run parkruns there on windy days where if you don’t run hard out of the turn there is a danger you get swept along all the way to Aust services. Five TRC members contested the Pete Mainstone challenge. Jonathan Hall ran 46:23, and after three races, now leads the overall standings. However the fastest male runner on the day was Alan Gatling, in a very good time of 42:44. Chris Foley was the clear winner in his age category with a highly impressive run of 52:32, with Mike Bennewitz and Mel Lloyd finishing in the top ten of their age categories too.  Full results and standings on Pete Mainstone Challenge Results page.

There was a good turnout for the Thornbury park-run. Most weeks see TRC members towards the front of the race. This time it was the turn of Henry Orna (2nd) and Andrew Darton (3rd) to bring the club colours to the fore. Lizzie Williams was third female runner in 23:27, while Jonathan Hall (23:11) and Jon Watt (30:03) both ran course PBs.

Back on Severn Bridge (although taking place the day before the 10k and half-marathon) Ian Hoffman ran an excellent 20:44, with Romeo Maddalena tackling the event for the first time in 24:25. Surprisingly for a Bank Holiday weekend the only TRC member to leave our fair county for a parkrun was Hannah Hamilton. She continued her rapid Radcliffe/McColghan-esque return to racing form after pregnancy with an event PB in 21:55.

Race Report – Mob Match v Chepstow – Tuesday 17th August 2021

Tuesday 17th August saw the revival of an ancient feud (well since 2010 anyway) when a magnificent sized team of 54 TRC runners crossed the bridge to take on Chepstow Harriers in a mob match. The last time this event had been held was in 2013 on home soil and this was the fifth time we had taken on Chepstow. This was the biggest team we had ever mustered, as team size is vitally important for a mob match, and was met by 56 runners from Chepstow.

Meeting in the tunnel under the M48 the TRC team looked fantastic in club colours. A rush of kit sales prior to the event saw many new T shirts on their first airing. Then up onto the bridge for a rolling start. This was a 5 mile event, so no half way and back like the parkrun. At the turnaround point in England, Steve Wiltshire, Val James, Rebecca Twyman and Jay Bartley did an excellent job of marshalling and cheering. The return into Wales was into the wind and forever uphill with the finish 100m needing a final dig-in to get to cross the line.

The result was a close finish with Chepstow on 3087 points and Thornbury 3018 points, the 2 extra runners making the difference. The 26 Chepstow ladies scored 734 points to the 23 Thornbury ladies score of 491. Whilst the 31 Thornbury men who scored 1056 points against the 30 Chepstow men with 835 points.

With 54 runners, and everyone scoring and contributing the overall result, it’s impossible to mention everyone. So here are just a few TRC mentions:
• Highest placed runner was Nick Williams in 2nd in a time of 29:41
• Highest placed age adjusted was Nick Langridge with 76.71% (31st overall)
• In the various age categories the top TRC placing were:
o Ashleigh Ferris 1st F Senior
o Ali Vaz 3rd F V40
o Maria Hobbs 6th F V50
o Karen Carr 1st F V60
o Johan Hobbs 1st M Junior
o Nick Williams 2nd in M Senior
o Andrew Darton 3rd M V40
o George Evans 1st M V50
o Nick Langridge 2nd M V60

It was fantastic to see so many of the newer members taking part and representing TRC – Ali, Maria, Johan, Terry and Katie (sorry if I missed anyone!) Also fabulous to see those who graduated from beginners earlier this year taking part in their first race for TRC – Rachel, Amel & Beck.

The WhatsApp groups were buzzing after the event with everyone clearly enjoying the opportunity to run with others and participate in an event. Many people already asking to do it again next year. Could 2022 be our year to bring an even bigger TRC team and clench victory?

Link to the results summary:
https://chepstowharriersnewsblog.blogspot.com/2021/08/mob-match-tuesday-17th-august.html

And this one to the individual results:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i4YOjMLjnYhzJkkdvLo6dpMotwzdAHky/view

Well done to everyone who took part.

KW 20/08/21

Race Report – Votwo Jurassic Coast Challenge 23rd – 25th July – By Natalie Bennett

Jo, Ros and Natalie took part in the Jurassic Coast Challenge, three marathons in three days along the Jurassic coast. They set off at 5:30am to race HQ at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy all kitted up and ready to go.

Day 1 Charmouth – Weymouth, the longest day of 45.3km. It was glorious sunshine, not quite so welcome with an elevation gain of 1,260m mostly during the first half of the race. They stormed up the hills and crunched their way over the leg sapping pebble beach to then realise that the miles left on the coastal path signs was not accurate! Oh, what a disappointment to have to drag themselves through over-grown grasses and long road back to race HQ but they made it in a time of 6 hours and 5 minutes, Jo second lady, Natalie 3nd and Ros 4th (although their final results have them in a different order) 7th, 8th and 9th overall.

Day 2 Portland Ferry Road – Lulworth 42 km. After a night in a noisy room above a pub with torrential rain, thunder and lightning they jumped out of bed to a drizzly morning to run round the Isle of Portland and on to Lulworth. The sun came out once off the island and 12 miles into the race and so too did the stunning views to Lulworth. A little more road in this race with Weymouth seafront but soon back on the trails with the beauty of approaching Lulworth and the incredibly steep down hills to Durdle Dor. The finish was just away from the busy beach of Lulworth Cove at a quiet sport where post race soup could be served – a welcome treat. Finishing in
6 hours 32, coming in 3rd, 4th and 5th ladies and the friend we made along the way came over the finish line with us (again the result’s page isn’t quite accurate).

Day 3 Shell Bay – Lulworth 43.6km. An interesting start on sand through the nudest beach! Once past Swanage this was the best day for trail runners, there are very few car parks to access the coastal path so it feels very remote and untouched, a contrast of large sweeping farming fields and an amazing coastline of white rocks and incredible strata. It was undulating until the final seven miles – 400 steps up and down the hillside and some hills steep enough to crawl up over the last 5km but the views made it all worth while. The coffee they scrounged off the marshal at the last check point was the needed caffeine bullet for the last hills! They crossed the line holding hands as joint 6th female in 7 hours 37 minutes.

It’s worth noting that not all competitors did all three days and that helps to explain the varied results on each race day. A lovely laid back event with friendly marshals, easy navigation uploaded to Garmin and holiday walkers praising our efforts of 80 miles over three days to help us remember that it really is quite a long way to run each day.

12/08/21

race report w/e 31st July

On Olympic ‘Super Saturday’ almost no eyes were on the Mundy playing fields, but all the same, TRC managed to secure a 1-2-3 in the Thornbury parkrun.   (Don’t worry, this report won’t take nouns such as medal and podium and mangle them into verbs.)

Last week Nick Williams cheered on from the sidelines, but this week he laced up his trail shoes and showed us all how it is done.  Thornbury parkrun, with its hills and sharp descents, is ideal for Nick, combining, as he does, the poise and balance of Nureyev with the stride-length of Nijinsky.   Nick was over a minute ahead of the next runner, and recorded a hugely impressive sub-18 time.   Ben Bohane was second in 19 mins flat, with Paul Harrod in third, even if he wasn’t in the same post-code when Nick crossed the line.

Conditions were particularly muggy, which might explain a surprising lack of PBs.  However special mention to Julie Jolley for a debut run at the Mundy’s in 24:36, just a second behind 15 yr-old Laura Evans, (daughter of George), who was the first junior to finish.  Romeo Maddelena also ran a first Thornbury parkrun in 25:13, while the rapidly-improving Roger Glew ran 24:50 – just outside his PB, but now well over a 60% age-graded score which is the benchmark for a serious runner.
At Stonehouse, Nick Landridge ran 21:34, and yet again managed an 80% plus age-graded score.   As a reminder, parkrun UK state that any score above 80% puts the runner in ‘national class level’, meaning they would rank alongside the very best runners for their age and gender anywhere in the country.
Down in sunny Teighmouth Alan Gatling ran a wonderful 21:01, which gave him an age-graded score of over 70%.   Parkrun regards that as ‘regional class’ so an indication of just how good Alan’s run was.   Henry Orna was allowed an hour off daddy duty, and made the most of it, racing round Lydney in 20:41.  Mark West and Andrew Darton went all the way to Tamar Trails, and finished 16th and 17th respectively, while Thomas Darton was top junior in 8th place overall with a time of 20:40.
Given how many dedicated ultra-runners we have in the club, it takes a rare feat of endurance to raise the collective eyebrow.  However Steve Wiltshire, plus his father, decided to run 24 hours non-stop in the Conti Thunder Run, which is an almost unfathomable amount of time to be on your feet.   The organisers picked a closed loop to do the run, which added to the psychological and mental stress, but on the plus side made the parking easier.  Sadly an injury meant Steve couldn’t complete the full 24 hours, but he still kept going for 12 hours plus, which is something very few people will ever have the inclination to attempt.

Race report – parkrun is back!

parkrun is back!

When Andrew Darton and Phil Lucker were second and third finishers at the Thornbury Parkrun on October 5th 2019, no one expected the next running to be a full 658 days later.

The autumn and winter of 2019 was one of the wettest in memory, ensuring the Mundys was never dry enough, and then when we did finally see some sun…well you know what has kept Parkrun cancelled since then!

Fortunately there was no plague of frogs in the allotments, nor four sinister-looking horsemen guarding the entrance, so the event finally went ahead.

Club captain Kevin Wood encouraged members to turn up in their club vest, and it was a joyful sight to see so many shirts and smiling faces on display as we gathered for a group photo before the start. (If you spot Ashleigh Ferris sporting a snazzy set of shades, that was hangover-related, not due to the sunshine!) The long summer grass and the heavy overnight rain meant it was a bit slippy underfoot, and not PB conditions, but quite frankly, who cared? It was just a chance to celebrate, to cheer, to say ‘thank you marshal’, and after 18 months of solo training runs, to remind ourselves that we are born to run…together!

Clare Watt was the top TRC runner, recording a wonderful age-graded score of 78.5%, and a finishing time of 24.01. She was narrowly ahead in the age-graded score (which is proof of what a good system it is to show who really is running well) of 14-yr old Thomas Darton. Thomas set off from start like an excited spaniel being let out for their first walk of the day, and held his pace well to go ‘sub 20’ and record his course PB of 19.52. His father, Andrew, has long since seen his talented son stride out into the distance, but still finished well inside 21 minutes himself.

Hannah Hamilton was the first female finisher in the race, and an amazing 9th place overall. Hannah’s time was just outside her course PB in 21:37. Ben Bohane led from the first corner to the tape, with a beautifully paced run, and the only man to go under 19 minutes. His form on the hills augurs well for the cross-country season to come.

Finally, special mention to Sarah Dix (26.09), for running her course PB.

Over at Chipping Sodbury (a faster course, but tricky for those at the front who have to take a wide path to overtake other runners) Phil Blackburn continued to show how rapidly he is improving as a runner. He was 4th overall, in a wonderful time of 18.01. It won’t be long before he joins the 17 minute club. Mitch Ford took on the hilly Ashton Court parkrun and finished in 21:21, while Adam Frontczak ran on the pebbles at Seaton sea-front, in a very impressive 20:54. Nick Landridge missed an 80% age-graded score at Stonehouse by a fraction; does he ever have a bad run?! Mark West ran 20:31 at the idyllic-sounding Dinton Pastures, while Ian Hoffman ran 22:10 at Eastville, which is, erm, opposite Ikea.

Full TRC parkrun results for 24/7/21:
https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=2378&eventdate=2021-07-24

Ed: Several of the TRC members who ran on Saturdays are not shown in this report. Please go to parkrun ‘manage my profile’ -> Groups -> Add ‘Thornbury RC’

26/07/21

TRC Newsletter for W/C Monday 12th July – the Cotswold Way Relay edition

Please continue to use the track & trace App hopefully for the last time ever this week Tuesday T&T and Thursday T&T

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Thursday Club Night Leaders
• 7 min – Paul Harrod
• 8 min – Jo Emerson
• 9 min – Hugh McPherson
• 10 min – Jim Williams
• 12 min(5k) – Nigel Hale
• Walking – Val James

• Cotswold Way Full Race Report – Paul Harrod
The star performers in Thornbury Running Club’s Cotswold Way Relay teams did not even get to run. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Judy Mills and Rob Watkins for assembling the teams, and dealing with a voluminous amount of admin and pre-race information. In Rob’s case, he had the mighty challenge of finding ten men over the age of 40 who were fit and available at the same time. He then had to pull out himself due to a garden football injury, (no sniggering at the back, most of us have been there!), and keep finding other substitutes right up until the eve of the race. To add insult to injury, Ian Evans, who kindly stepped in at the last minute to cover leg 4, then got pinged by NHS track and trace and had to isolate at home. Nothing he, or anyone else, could do about it. Judy put together TRC’s two other teams; was the main contact with the race organisers, and even found time on the day of a family wedding to come along and cheer her team mates!

Race day began at 5am, when Laura Orna (Quickthorn), Mike Bennewitz (Hawthorn) and Paul Harrod (Thorn in the side) headed up the M5 for the 7am start of leg one from Chipping Camden. Laura was the standout runner on this leg, completing the gruelling stage well inside her 2-hour target, and a fantastic top 4 finish in the women’s race. Paul Harrod ran along in a small group at the back of the first wave of leading runners, and was feeling comfortable up to Broadway Tower. He then watched in dismay as his companions hurtled down the trails like frisky mountain goats, while his way of getting down the hill was more akin to Bambi with a niggly Achilles. Still, he dragged himself to the finish in 14th place, and with quads resembling smashed avocados. Mike Bennewitz put his encyclopaedic knowledge of the route to good use, and paced himself to a strong finish just outside 2hrs 30 mins and the second place finish in his age category.

Leg 2 started in the drizzle, and made the periods of sharp descent even trickier to navigate. That didn’t seem to affect TRC runners, on what was arguably the best collective effort of the race. Ben Bohane, making his debut in the event, must have flown up those hills, as he mixed it with some highly experienced club runners and recorded an outstanding sixth place finish. Jo Plumbley continued her recent rich vein of form, and was the fifth female runner, and a clear winner in her age category. If the weather had been better she might have challenged her own, all-time, TRC record for that leg set five years ago. Jim Godden hasn’t been able to train as much as he would wish, but still proved the old adage that form is temporary, but class is permanent. He managed to finish in 16th place, as well as third in his age category: a highly creditable performance.

Leg 3 is one of the shorter ones, but that just means the runners race faster. Collete Jackson recorded one of Team Hawthorn’s best results of the day, finishing in an amazing top 10 position in the overall women’s race, and a fine 2nd place in her age category. Jay Mosley (Thorn in the Side) and Jeremy Clothier (Quickthorn) ran strong races, and the gap between TRC’s two top teams was just 25 minutes.

That all changed dramatically on leg 4. Thorn in the Side had no runner, due to Ian’s last minute ‘track and trace’ exclusion, and so the team had to accept a penalty time of 2hrs 45 minutes. We will never know, but had Ian run to form, then it is likely that TRC’s male veterans team would have finished in fourth place overall in the MV40+ competition. As it was they had to settle for 7th. So an opportunity for team Quickthorn to make up some time. And there is literally no one better than Nick Williams. He’d be likely to win any club race on the flat, but throw in vertiginous climbs and drops, and he is different gravy! Nick finished in 1hr 28 mins and 23 secs; third place in a highly competitive senior men’s race; beat Rob Cowland’s 2016 all-time club record for the stage, and ran at an average pace of just over 7 mins per mile. Performance of the day, without doubt. This huge swing in the battle between Quickthorn and Thorn in the Side racketed up the pressure on the remaining runners. (Not that any of them were aware of this at the time, but it hopefully adds a little bit of post-hoc excitement to this report).

Leg 5 saw Henry Orna (‘fresh’ from being woken up at 4.20am by his children who had got up to say goodbye to their mum as she left for leg 1) take back some time for Thorn in the Side, and finish in an excellent top 20 position in the senior men’s race, and 7th in the over 40s race. Race of the day must have been between Kevin Cundy and Clare Watt. For almost 12 arduous miles from Cranham Corner to Ebley Mill they duelled it out, neither giving an inch, until they were eventually separated at the finish by a mere three seconds. Well, either that, or they had a really nice sociable run together. But I prefer the idea of the dramatic head-to-head!

Leg 6 saw the indefatigable Phil Blackburn rip up the trails, on route to recording a fantastic time of 1hr 13mins. In the contest between Thorn in the Side and Quickthorn, it was largely ‘as you were’ as Richard Jackson and Ian Hoffman both ran very impressive sub-90 min times on one of the few legs that has more climbing than descending. It should also be noted that while most of us would have spent Sunday morning hobbling around nursing tight hamstrings, Phil pitched up at the Gloucester 10k and ran it in just over 38 minutes!

Leg 7 saw father and daughter, club captain Kevin Wood, and Emma Pritchard, run together. Emma wasn’t feeling at all well, so it is great testimony to her, and of course to dad Kevin who accompanied her the whole way round, that she completed the run in a more than respectable time. Thank you to Emma for being so determined to ensure team Hawthorn had a full roster of runners. TRC legend Martyn Green (who still holds two club all-time stage records) produced yet another top performance to come 14th overall, and was a run-away winner in his age category (that I won’t stipulate, but suffice to say he looks far too young to be part of).

Leg 8 is arguably the toughest one of the entire Cotswold Way – one of the longest, net uphill, and with seemingly no flat sections at all. So huge credit to Sarah Newnes, Moray Sloan and Ben Foss for taking it on. Sarah was first in her age category, Moray second in his, and Ben snuck into the top 20 overall for the leg to tighten the race between Quickthorn and Thorn in the Side still further.

Lizzie Williams hasn’t had much chance to race over the past couple of years – having the small matter of twin boys to focus on. Yet she must have done a bit of training (and/or she is just naturally gifted) as she and Melanie Wilson paced each other round to finish together in an amazing 1hr 23 mins, both taking third place in their respective, highly competitive, age categories. Jim Williams ran a very strong race himself, and must have done so with a calculator, because his finishing time meant that going into the final leg, after fully 15 hours of racing, Quickthorn and Thorn in the Side were less than 5 minutes apart.

And so to the final leg. With Julia Jolley as Sally Gunnell, chasing Paul Thomas as Kris Akabusi, to see who would get to brandish their metaphorical batons in the shadow of Bath Abbey and bring home the TRC bragging rights for another year. In the end, the final leg saw three first-class performances from TRC – close contenders with leg 2 for the best collective performance of the day. Ros Rowland run with Julia and they both finished this tough leg together, well inside an hour and a half. Ros showing her ultra and trail running pedigree to win her age category. Paul Thomas was obviously completely oblivious to the fact that all of Thorn in the Side’s hope were riding on his shoulders, but they needn’t have worried, as Paul always goes full gas in races, and he stormed to a top 15 position on the leg, and a win in his age category by a country mile.

For the record, Thorn in the Side completed the race in 16 hr 14mins, closely followed by Quickthorn in 16 hrs 30, and Hawthorn in 18hrs 42.

However, despite my feeble attempts to generate some drama over the team event, that is not why we ran it. The Cotswold Way Relay is like no other race. The team spirit is second to none; you get to traverse some of the most stunning scenery in the country; you test your limits in a way no training run in the BS35 postcode could ever replicate. You cross the line and say ‘never again’ but by Sunday evening you’re checking out the stage maps and plotting which leg you’ll try the following year. If you have yet to experience the delights of the Cotswold Way Relay, then please join one of our intrepid teams on the first Saturday of July 2022!

• parkrun – Saturday 24th July
Looks like parkrun is finally going to return on Saturday 24th July. It would be great to see as many TRC members as possible running, and a cross section of the club to welcome this event back to Thornbury. Club T shirts at the ready!

• Tytherington 10k
To replace the (Sundayshill) Thornbury 10k, which was scheduled for July, we are planning to organise a hilly 10k around Tytherington and Cromhall from Tytherington Football Club on 17th October 2021. This is still subject to local approvals and a Licence so we cannot formally announce yet. The Thornbury 10k has been a popular event over the years and Thornbury Rugby Club excellent hosts. The route does have challenges e.g. starting on open roads, getting competitors from the rugby club to the start, growing volumes of traffic and a new housing estate on the course. The Tytherington course avoids all these issues.

• Ironman UK, Bolton – Impressive results for Taryn & Dylan Roberts
On a very difficult and hilly course around Bolton last weekend Taryn & Dylan had fantastic results with both going under 12 hours and in the top 15% of the 900 strong field.

Dylan was 93rd overall in 11.39.12 and 21st in his age category (M30-34). His splits were : Swim 1.09.16; Bike 6.36.47; Marathon 3.44.01

Taryn was 7th female to finish and first in her Age Category(F30-34) by almost an hour in front of the 2nd in 11.58.23. Taryn’s splits were : Swim 1.10.23; Bike 6.57.57 ; Marathon 3.39.50 – 4 minutes in front of her brother

10/07/21

Pete Mainstone Challenge

The third event in the Pete Mainstone Challenge took place last night 23rd June at The Longest Day Chippenham 10K and 5 members took part. The results and standings can be found on the results page.

The 2nd event, Forest of Dean trail 10K, reputedly took place on 13th June but Tough Guy, the organisers, have not published any results on their website. If you did take part in this and have or know of any results please send your time directly to the scorer and it will be incorporated into the results. Thank you.